Ostrica di montagna

Belonging to the large family of cheeses aromatised with aromatic herbs and spices that are traditionally called in the Biella area with the name ‘Mortaràt’ (from the mortar in which the spices were ground). The squashed, grooved form similar to an oyster, is made by the cloth through which the curd is hand squeezed. The covering serves not only decorative or gastronomic purposes but is also useful in maintaining the cheese at length. The rind should not be removed but rather eaten together with the cheese in order to better appreciate its flavour.
DRUNK MACCAGNETTA: red wine marc from the typical Biella vines, Bramaterra, is used in the place of herbs to ripen the cheese.
Belonging to the large family of cheeses aromatised with aromatic herbs and spices that are traditionally called with the name ‘Mortaràt’ (from the mortar in which the spices were ground). The squashed, grooved form similar to an oyster, is made by the cloth through which the curd is hand squeezed. The covering serves not only decorative or gastronomic purposes but is also useful in maintaining the cheese at length. The rind should not be removed but rather eaten together with the cheese in order to better appreciate its flavour.

DRUNK MACCAGNETTA: red wine marc from the typical Biella vines, Bramaterra, is used in the place of herbs to ripen the cheese.

Available with spices or with rosemary and sabory

Organoleptic characteristics

Aspect and texture
soft, well blended, ivory-yellow paste with a scattering of holes. The rind is coated with a blend of chopped alpine herbs and black pepper
Taste
intense and rich with traces of the herbs coating the rind
Serving suggestions
full bodied, youngish, red wines. Grape chutney. Baguette type bread

Technical characteristics

Milk
full fat, raw, cow’s milk
Production method
artisan
Paste
uncooked, not pressed
Salting
dry
Ripening
at least one month
Production period
throughout the year
Fats
45% F-Dm
Weight
0.3 – 0,5 kg each
Dimensions
10-20 cm diameter
Producers
dairy working in Cusio-Lago d'Orta
Codice forma
6200010-6200013
Codice tagliato
n.d.

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